Yemen

Was Theresa May's Storm In An Easter Egg-Cup A Welcome Diversion From Saudi Arabia's Abysmal Human Rights Record?

Neil Durkin | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's a lot more one could say about Saudi Arabia's almost unimaginably bad human rights record. But unless something miraculous happens, Theresa May won't mention of any of this during her time in Riyadh. A semi-ritualistic reference along the lines of "a range of issues were discussed, including human rights" is probably all we'll get.

Yemen, A Forgotten Country - Remembered Today In Parliament

Monica Blagescu | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Monica Blagescu

The people of Yemen need both peace and emergency assistance. The DEC is calling for all parties to respect international humanitarian law. Civilians should be protected and full humanitarian access and movement must be allowed. Families must be free to leave for safer regions and to be protected in their movements.

Two Years Of UK Complicity In The Destruction Of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Andrew Smith

Over the last two years a brutal humanitarian crisis has been forced on the people of Yemen. It has created the circumstances under which children are dying from preventable causes and people are risking their lives when they do something as normal as going to the market. The situation is dire, and unless urgent action is taken now then there are large numbers who may not survive much longer.

The British Public's Staggering Response To The Hunger Crisis In East Africa

Saleh Saeed | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Saleh Saeed

It's just one week on from the launch of DEC's East Africa Crisis Appeal and we have been completely overwhelmed by the incredible response from the British public. We've also had generous donations from the UK government, trusts and companies and many high profile figures, including the Queen and Prince Charles. To date, a staggering £32 million has been raised for East Africa... Sadly, though the scale of this response also reflects the severity of the situation; hunger is looming on a massive scale across East Africa.

Famines Are Man-Made. We Have The Power To Prevent Them.

Mark Goldring | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mark Goldring

Last week, Oxfam chartered a small plane and distributed beans, rice and oil in Panyijar in South Sudan. This was very much a last resort - not least because of the expense - but it was the only way to reach these communities and keep them alive.

New Details Of Trump's Botched Yemen Raid Completely Contradict White House's Official Story

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK

Fresh details of the botched Yemen special forces raid against al-Qaeda, authorised by Donald Trump, cast further doubt on the White House’s asserti...

Dad Of Navy Seal Killed In Trump's Botched Yemen Raid Refused To Meet President

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK

The father of the Navy SEAL killed in a botched Yemen raid refused to meet Donald Trump when the casket carrying his son’s body returned to the US. ...

The Tweet That Fed Eight Million People In War-Torn Yemen

Khadija Ahmed | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Khadija Ahmed

It's not so often in the media that we hear of the happenings in Yemen, but a lot is happening, a lot has happened. Since 2015 over 11,000 deaths have happened in Yemen. 2.2 million severely malnourished children stand to die in the coming months. Health facilities are almost non-existent. Whilst 80 percent of its population wait for aid to emerge through its blocked corridors, in the shadow of a dreadful famine.

Trump's Botched Yemen Raid Was Even More Disastrous Than First Thought

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK

The botched Yemen special forces raid against al-Qaeda, authorised by Donald Trump, in which a Navy Seal, nine women and 10 children died, also killed...

One Boy Recalls The Devastating Moment He Was Hit By An Airstrike In Yemen

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK

Zuhair was at a funeral when an airstrike, organised by Yemen’s Saudi-led coalition, hit. The 13-year-old from Sana’a was severely burned, putting...

Donald Trump Ordered Raid That Killed 8-Year-Old Girl 'Without Sufficient Intelligence Or Backup'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK

LATEST: Trump was ‘in residence’ at the White House not in Situation Room during raid. More below... The first covert counter-terrorism operation ...

DFID's Efforts Undermined As The Government Stalls On Anti-Corruption

Stephen Twigg | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

DFID's support for efforts to tackle corruption in developing countries will fall flat if the wider Government does not continue to push for global advances on tax avoidance and tax evasion. If corporations are allowed to continue profiting from the poor, and stashing the proceeds elsewhere, developing country governments will remain unable to provide basic services and their citizens will be forced to engage in petty corruption in order to survive.

Next Month Campaigners Will Put UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia On Trial

Andrew Smith | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Whatever happens next month it won't be the end of the debate. As long as terrible crimes are being committed with UK weapons and with our government's support, this campaign will continue. It's not just the arms sales that need to end, it is also the hypocrisy and the mindset that has allowed them to happen in the first place.

The Waugh Zone December 19, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday, December 19… 1) THREE STRIKES AND THEY’RE OUT? Thousands of workers in postal, rail and airline ...

End Of 2016: A MENA Post-Mortem

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

As we rapidly approach the end of another challenging year, my mind strays once more to the Middle East North Africa (MENA) and to the atrocities visi...

Owen Jones And Kate Tempest: Wake Up And Love More

Kate Wyver | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Wyver

"too concerned with their own thoughts to think about the weather But we see clouds like furious ink Thick liquid sinks and whips the wind Pitch shift...

In-tray For The New President: Saving Yemen

Keith Vaz | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

As we entered November, the people of the Western world were thinking of Hilary Clinton's emails, Donald Trump's surge in the polls and possibly even Christmas presents. Meanwhile, the people of Hodeida, Yemen were drinking seawater and eating grass to stay alive.

Yemen's Man-Made Famine

Omar Mashjari | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Omar Mashjari

Without decisive action on behalf of the US and Britain, the conflict is likely to drag on for more time to come. Not only would this be the worst possible outcome for civilians in Yemen, furthering the impact of the man-made famine, but it would also be a catastrophe for Western foreign policy in the region.

The Waugh Zone October 27, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, October 27… 1) LEXIT MEANS LEXIT Today, Chief Whip Gavin Williamson will move the writ for the R...

Labour Discontent As 100 MPs Abstain From Party's Own Vote On Yemen Civil War

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics

The Labour leadership has suffered humiliation in Parliament after more than 100 of its MPs refused to back its own motion calling for the UK to withd...

The Refugee Crisis As Political Narcissism

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

Such is the self-absorption of Britain with things that affect Britain, you could almost be forgiven for thinking the world's refugee crisis is largely about who comes to this country. It's all about Calais, isn't it?... The UK is just a bit player in the global drama - the tragedy - which has seen tens of millions of people forced out of their homes because of war and repression.

Too Much Russia On Their Minds

Alistair Burnett | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

The old saying "people who live in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones" isn't a call to stay silent; but it should be taken as an invocation to avoid hypocrisy if you want your words and actions to carry weight. Double standards have practical consequences.

Britain Must Not Delay In Halting Arms Sales Fuelling Bloodshed In Yemen

Mark Goldring | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

It is not too late to help bring this conflict to an end, and to send the strongest possible message that killing civilians will not be tolerated. To do that, Britain should not delay another day in halting the arms sales that are fuelling this bloodshed and put all its diplomatic effort behind finding a political solution.

Syria, Yemen And How Double Standards Block The Path to Peace

Alistair Burnett | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

As the siege of Syria's second city Aleppo intensifies again and the Saudi campaign in Yemen grinds on, there is an urgent need for the main powers to get back round the table and at least agree to stop fuelling the conflicts. But this week has shown that prospect seems remote.

It Is Time For Some Moral Outrage

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Sometimes even a greybeard old hack like me is sickened by the obscenity of the world in which we live. Sickened by the obscenity of Western governments selling arms to warring parties and then building walls to keep out the desperate families fleeing from their bombs. Sickened by the weasel words of governments that pledge to help those same desperate families when they have no intention of fulfilling their pledges.